Cousins Emma (13) and Jordan (12) Pim at the Quaker memorial in Wyse Park, Waterford city, a former Quaker burial ground. Photograph: Patrick Browne

The contribution of the Quakers to life in Waterford is to be remembered this weekend with the unveiling of a memorial at the site of the first Quaker(...)

Stock markets fell sharply in Europe as Middle East crisis intensifies. Photograph: EPA

European stocks fell sharply as violence in the Middle East escalated and a report showed the US economy shrank in the first quarter by the most sinc(...)

Miners are helped by rescue workers and friends from the coal mine  in Soma. The disaster in western Turkey is likely to be the country’s deadliest and is also the worst in a series of incidents in a sector that has seen 30,000 die since 1970. Photograph: Ozgu Ozdemir/Getty Images

A coal mine explosion and fire which have killed more than 200 people in Turkey coincides with increased pressure on utilities to drastically improve (...)

The boards of Lafarge and Holcim  are due to announce the companies’ merger today. Photograph: Fabrice Dimier/Bloomberg

  The world’s two largest cement makers, France’s Lafarge and Holcim of Switzerland, have agreed the terms of a merger that would create a(...)

Vincent Crowley, IN&M chief executive: news that he is to step down met a  marginal response on the Iseq, as a broker said  there had been “rumours for some time”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

US stocks climbed yesterday as remarks from Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen bolstered confidence that(...)

The Debenhams store on Oxford Street, London. The group’s chief  financial officer resigned after  a  warning  of a  profits plunge as a hoped-for sales surge in the last week before Christmas failed to materialise. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA

World stock markets kicked off 2014 with a whimper yesterday, weighed down by disappointing Chinese manufacturing data. After their best run in 15 yea(...)

Egyptian supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood clash with security forces in Cairo. Photograph: Khaled Elfiqi/EPA.

Egyptian police used tear gas today to end clashes in Cairo between supporters and opponents of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, the state new(...)

Before the Government unveiled which of its businesses it intended selling, Minister for Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte dismissed talk of a fire sale, saying “there will be no State assets going up on eBay”.

At about 9am on Wednesday, Bord Gáis Éireann’s adviser, Royal Bank of Canada, called the three remaining bidders for the group’s retail division and t(...)

John Kerry, US secretary of state, speaks at an investment summit in Washington, today.  Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg.

US secretary of state John Kerry will visit Egypt a day before deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi goes on trial. The Monday court case is the ne(...)

Cairo university students and members of the Muslim Brotherhood shout slogans against the military in front of Cairo University in Cairo earlier this week. Photograph: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters

The US said last night it would withhold deliveries of tanks, fighter aircraft, helicopters and missiles as well as $260 million (€192 million) in cas(...)